'Design for Sustainable Cities' is
an international student competition, being held by BE OPEN and Cumulus. It is open to students and graduates of all art,
design, architecture and media disciplines of universities and colleges worldwide. The competition aims to encourage creation
of innovative solutions, by younger creatives, for more sustainable cities.
Your individual or team submission
the Main prize of €5,000
the Founder’s Choice prize of €3,000
the Public Vote prize of €2,000
the Safe City prize of €2,000
or enter the list of 50 honorary mentions and be featured in the competition’s
The submission platform opens October 1st, 2020. The deadline for submissions is December 31st,
The focus of the competition is the United Nations’ SDG11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
According to UN data, 2007 marked the shift to an urban world, with more than half of the world’s population now living in
urban settings, cities and communities, and urban inhabitation is projected to rise to 60% by 2030. Cities and metropolitan
areas are powerhouses of economic growth. However, this growth goes hand in hand with increased carbon emissions and escalating
Consequences of rapid urbanization are evident in growing number of slum dwellers,
lack of decent and affordable housing, unplanned urban sprawl, inadequate and overburdened infrastructure and services (such
as water and sanitation systems, waste collection, communication systems, energy sources, road and transport infrastructure,
food supply chains), worsening air quality and access to clean water.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals
are a direct response to the consequences of urbanization, with SDG11: Sustainable Cities and Communities putting particular
focus on urban settlements. However, all 17 UN SDG’s are relevant when addressing urban sustainability.
To attain the
UN SDGs we need to think out of box the goals. We need creative thinking – design thinking - and creative action. Design has
a crucial role to play as an instrument or vehicle for the implementation of the UN SDGs. BE OPEN and Cumulus, and all of
the stakeholders involved in this international competition programme, strongly believe that creativity is integral in the
shift to sustainable existence.
The objective of 'Design for Sustainable Cities' is to recognize, showcase and promote
the best design ideas and projects that embody and can advance the principles, aims and implementation of United Nations’
Sustainable Development Goals.http://citydesign2020.com/